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    Thanks! That's Opi, my dope (hence, my name - Happy Dope). He's always so happy... turning 13 soon!

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    i was wondering about your name....lol now it makes sense to me.. i have a black female shitzu named mia, a white male pekinese named marley, and my mother just got a grey/white pound puppy that is part shitzu and she named him mickey. they keep us quite busy over here.....lol

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    So cute! I love dogs

    Mia, Marley, and Mickey.... little 3 Stooges lol

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    Originally from Acton, MA, now up in NH....and MARKET BASKET is the way to go! Though I find their produce isn't the best, it's worth it for the $ you save on other things. My local MB's have TERRIFIC 'dented' racks where prices are 50-75% off, you can use coupons on these items too! They also mark down items coming up on expiration, likes meats and cold sides....I often buy the meats and freeze them immediately, or use one that night, they're fine. I often get 'sticker shock' when i go into other places...


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    OH! Do you have a Building 19 nearby? A great place to find strange food finds....I often get condiments and snack items there quite cheaply....


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    Hi!~
    We live on Hanscom AFB, just a wee bit north of Boston.
    We drive up to Nashua once a month to visit the Super-Walmart,
    There is a Korean grocery store in near the Burlington Mall with AWESOME produce prices, H-Mart (just around the corner from Dollar Tree as well)
    Building 19 in Nashua has some wacky & good deals and if you feel adventurous there is a Ocean State Job Lot store (SUPER CHEAP DEALS for dogs) in Peterborough NH, quite a drive, but also very senic
    Have a great week!
    Many Blessings,
    Melanie

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    Hi everyone! I'm a newbie. We live on the Central/Western MA line

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    Welcome, MA newbie

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    welcome live2love!!

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    Did someone say Saver's?! I heart that place. I also agree that something has gone seriously wrong with Ocean State Job Lot. Are you kidding me with those prices? Heart Building 19. I have picked up so many organic staples there, including whole wheat pasta, brown rice, and canned organic tomatoes. It is hit or miss, but when you hit, it's nice.

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    Hi Everyone~
    we live in Sturbridge.. I am 35, SAHM to a 1 year old and a 3 year old.. with #3 on the way. We love market basket, and I noticed there are Aldi stores in Milford and Hadley. Yay! We do Price-Rite in Worcester once in a while although I am not thrilled about the selection.. I am looking forward to checking out Aldi soon.

    nice to meet you all!

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    Market Basket for me too and I also am not too fond of their produce!

    (Although last year they had tomatoes on the stem for .99 a lb or something like that; cheap GOOD tomatoes!!)

    Peterborough's Job Lots is somewhere I go most weeks, but get very little these days. A while ago I got a lot of agave syrup for $1.50 a bottle. These days that same stuff in the same bottles is $3.50!

    I get my produce mostly at Hannafords for prime stuff and Shaw's or Stop & Shop's salvage stuff for otherwise, except when the farm stands are open, and then I go them!

    Does/has anyone gone in the Indian markets in Nashua? I am using cumin seed at a fantastic rate these days and need to find a cheaper source!

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    Quote Originally Posted by morrisjlm3 View Post
    I believe you can't truly be frugal or sustainable without being pure and natural as well. I think they all kind of go hand in hand. Being frugal without being sustainable seems selfish to me While being sustainable without being pure or natural doesn't seem very sustainable. Here's a cool article on frugal living which thoughtfully encourages chemical-free natural living.

    Naturally Sustainable, Frugal Living
    good point MorrisJ. Sometimes people forget that frugal really means being simple and getting right down to the basics without all the frills.

    I don't find that getting the best bargain on an already high priced overpackaged can of beans is frugal. Growing your own and canning them is truly frugal.

    Simple, wholesome, and minimal is ultimately the best frugality and best for the environment.


    Oh! and hi to all Masachussers! and neighboring states of RI, NH and ME. "It's nice to meet you. You look lovely"
    Last edited by Frugal Nurse; 01-07-2011 at 08:26 PM. Reason: wanted to say hi to all

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    I am truly amazed at how much money we save when we don't buy heavily processed foods. We just got home from Market Basket. My carriage was heaping with food and we only spent $72 (which is really good for us). I got juice (not from concentrate), 2 half gallons of soy milk, dried beans, split peas, lentils, 4 loaves of bread (friehofer- $.99/loaf), 2 cans of frozen juice, frozen veggies, fresh veggies, tofu, organic salad greens, rice, coffee, etc etc. TONS of food, so much cheaper than our stop and shop.

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    oh how i miss market basket.
    and trader joes!
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